Solution Overview

Solution Name:

REYETS: SOCIAL JUSTICE NETWORK

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One-line solution summary:

Empowering civic engagement and safer police interactions through mobile-enabled education, resource sharing, reporting and AI data analysis

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Pitch your solution.

Reyets is a mobile smart app paired with an AI powered database. The Reyets app lets people know their rights, document abuse and get help. Incidents reported through the app are fed into the Reyets dashboard that serves as an AI powered analysis and record keeping database. Data is then analyzed and used to support investigations into misconduct, help write better policies and used by public defenders to support witness accounts in court.

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What specific problem are you solving?

People don’t know their rights, and when they are violated, reporting misconduct is difficult, since each of the over 18,000 police departments has its own unique process of reporting police misconduct. As a result, 95% of people do not report police misconduct. Conversely, research indicates that a lack of public participation is a barrier to true police accountability. While Community-Led Policing (CLP) programs are effective tools to increase public participation, lack of access to resources is a barrier to widespread adoption.

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What is your solution?

Reyets is a mobile smart app paired with an AI-powered database. The Reyets app lets people know their rights, document abuse, build easy-to-follow action campaigns and get help. Incidents reported through the app are fed into the Reyets dashboard that serves as an AI-powered analysis and record-keeping database. Data is then analyzed and used to support investigations into misconduct, help write better policies, and used by public defenders to support witness accounts in court.

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Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

Reyets helps black, brown, and immigrant communities. These communities are over-policed, arrested at higher rates, and have access to fewer resources than other communities. For example, black motorists are stopped at over 400% more then white motorist.

Our solution provides help at the hyper-local level by partnering with grass-root organizations and providing know your rights tools, connecting people with resources and organizations. 

The result is that instead of feeling helpless people are empowered and less likely to be victims.  

 

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Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Create new public safety systems that ensure racial equity and provide alternatives to harmful technologies such as biased facial recognition.
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Explain how the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge.

The current public safety system relies on a policing system that is ill-equipped to respond to many of black, brown, and immigrant communities' needs. Although 95% of all calls to police are for non-violent issues, an armed officer is sent.

Reyets is helping build an interconnected network of community-led programs. Community-Led Policing is an organizational strategy that allows the community to solve problems, through witnesses, data collection, and reform efforts. A good example of this is a group in Baltimore that came together and uncovered that every 14 days in Maryland, someone is killed by police. Using the data, they compiled on officer-involved deaths they successfully pushed for a host of police reforms at the local, county, and state levels

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In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Washington D.C., DC, USA
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What is your solution’s stage of development?

Pilot: An organization deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community.
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Explain why you selected this stage of development for your solution.

We have built our core platform have organically acquired 7,000 users and are in talks to launch pilot programs. 

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Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Wa'il Ashshowwaf

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More About Your Solution

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new application of an existing technology
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What makes your solution innovative?

Our approach makes digital activism and collation building accessible and scalable by using smart technology and targeting measurable change at a hyper-local level.

Using this approach will result in the largest interconnected network of community organizations resulting in:

  1. Increased citizen witnessing and civic engagement
  2. Improve understanding of rights and provide greater access to resources
  3. Provide insights that support reform efforts


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Please select the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Crowd Sourced Service / Social Networks
  • Software and Mobile Applications
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Select the key characteristics of your target population.

  • Women & Girls
  • LGBTQ+
  • Urban
  • Poor
  • Low-Income
  • Middle-Income
  • Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons
  • Minorities & Previously Excluded Populations
  • Persons with Disabilities
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Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does your solution address?

  • 10. Reduced Inequality
  • 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
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In which states / US territories do you currently operate?

  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
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In which states / US territories will you be operating within the next year?

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Lousiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
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How many people does your solution currently serve? How many will it serve in one year? In five years?

Current: 8,000

One Year: 100,000

Five Years: 100,0000,000

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How are you measuring your progress toward your impact goals?

We will plan to remove the barriers to civic engagement, and measure impact by:

  • Number of civic engagements 
  • Number of people helped by resources
  • Decrease in cases of police brutality/ misconduct
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About Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

For-profit, including B-Corp or similar models

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How many people work on your solution team?

4 full time, 1 part time, 6 contractors

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How long have you been working on your solution?

3 years

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How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

Wa'il Ashshowwaf

CEO + Cofounder

Helped 500+ founders build startups. Founder @unstucklabs.com & rooam.co. Worked @Walt Disney, Pepsi, HSBC. Studied @Harvard, Georgetown and CalState. Consulted @Desmond Tutu Truth + Reconciliation Commission, S. Africa & US Dept of State Fellow


Justin Moore 

CJO - Chief Justice Officer

Top 40 Lawyers under 40, Forbes Mastermind, Moore’s cases and work have garnered national media attention in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, NBC’s Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Nightly News, BBC, CNN, Fox News, BET and The ROOT.


Berker Hazar

CRO + Cofounder

Immigrated to USA with $50 and a dream. As a student supported himself in obtaining two master's degrees. Through savings and real estate investing purchased a restaurant and started an insurance company turning it into a multi-million dollar business.


Ibrahem AlHaidari

CFO + Cofounder

Talented engineer, salesman, investor, and entrepreneur. Cofounded multiple businesses including a successful telecom and fiber optics startup over 10y ago that has grown into a multi-million dollar business.



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What is your approach to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership team?

As a founding team consisting of black, brown, and immigrant backgrounds we are keen to expand the diversity. 

We recognize the importance of include females and other underrepresented groups as part of the time, especially given the causes that we serve. 

To that end, we recently launched a fellowship program and onboarded 7 fellows (5 female, 2 males) that represent black, Latin, transgender, LGBTQA+, and immigrant backgrounds. 

We are actively seeking to expand the leadership team with inclusion of more roles female leaders as well. 

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Your Business Model & Partnerships

Do you primarily provide products or services directly to individuals, to other organizations, or to the government?

Individual consumers or stakeholders (B2C)
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Partnership & Prize Funding Opportunities

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Business model (e.g. product-market fit, strategy & development)
  • Financial (e.g. improving accounting practices, pitching to investors)
  • Public Relations (e.g. branding/marketing strategy, social and global media)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (e.g. collecting/using data, measuring impact)
  • Product / Service Distribution (e.g. expanding client base)
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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The Elevate Prize for Antiracist Technology? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The GM Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The HP Prize for Advancing Digital Equity? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the Innovation for Women Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

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Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The AI for Humanity Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

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Solution Team

  • Wa'il Ashshowwaf CEO and Cofounder, REYETS: Social Justice Network
 
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